Fewer than 20% of requests for information granted under early warning domestic abuse scheme

The Irish News’ John Breslin reported that less than 20% of requests for information were granted under a domestic abuse scheme meant to serve as an early warning system for potential risks.

This percentage is lower than many forces in England and Wales, indicating a disparity. The scheme, introduced in Northern Ireland following Clare’s Law, disclosed information 300 times out of 1600 total applications over six years.

However, when requests come from partners or third parties not affiliated with the police, the disclosure rate drops to just 11%. Despite facing challenges such as low awareness and procedural issues, there’s optimism due to legislative changes, including lowering the disclosure threshold.

The scheme, named after Clare Wood, aims to prevent future violence within relationships, allowing partners or close associates to request information if they believe there’s a danger. While there are difficulties, such as lack of awareness and issues with information sharing, there’s potential for positive change with adjustments in line with recent legislative changes.


It is these adjustments I personally look forward to welcoming in order to ensure the safeguarding of all those affected.

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